Faded film look preset for Lightroom

Written by on November 20, 2011 in Presets - 48 Comments

Hi all!

Here’s two great presets that Brant Smith submitted to share with the rest of you. He calls them Faded film look and if you have a peek at the preview images below I think you understand why.  I like the way they creates a vintage feeling. The applied soft and gentle tones makes these two presets great for its purpose. Will probably be in my fav-list of presets :-) Thanks Brant.


Faded film look - S Curve Color

Faded film look - S Curve B&W

Please remember to visit Brant Smiths own web site :-)

Faded Film Look (236793 downloads)

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48 Comments on "Faded film look preset for Lightroom"

  1. Melissa February 21, 2012 at 12:45 am ·

    I am trying to download a few of these free presets to try out and each one that I download says “file is corrupted or cannot be unzipped”. I have tried downloading presets off of other sites and have been able to, but then have difficulty opening up the preset, as it is not allowing me to choose lightroom as the program to open up in. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as I am quite frustrated and was looking forward to trying some new presets out.

  2. Pierre February 21, 2012 at 7:24 am ·

    Can you please share what page / preset we are talking about?

  3. vusala February 25, 2012 at 10:27 am ·

    Thank you very much for presets.I was looking for presets for lightroom, finally i found it in your web site thank you very much.

  4. Alex February 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm ·

    hello! i’m having a problem importing this into lightroom. it’s telling me “this is not the right kind of preset” and won’t import it. i have been looking around for this faded film preset for lightroom for so long and would love to be able to get it. any suggestions on what could be wrong?


  5. Pierre February 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm ·

    Hi Alex,
    Did you unextract the .zip-file before you tried to import it?
    What version of Lightroom are you using?

  6. P February 28, 2012 at 2:54 am ·

    Having a hard time with finding the right pictures that would actually work well with this preset. Anyone have advice?

  7. Alex February 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm ·

    I actually figured it all out:) thank you anyway!

  8. Alex February 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm ·

    @P- sometimes you have to adjust it accordingly. just like with a lot of presets.

  9. ivan February 29, 2012 at 6:50 am ·

    im havong the same problem with so many presets i just downloaded from here. i cant import them… im using LR 3.2, unziped files, but they are not recognized to be imported

  10. Photographer in Leeds February 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm ·

    Thanks very much for sharing this, i found this very useful.

  11. Ray March 1, 2012 at 1:20 am ·

    Came here to thank you for the presets. I can now customize the custom presets. I was having hard time with the fading till I saw what was needed to be done in the “Tone Curve” section. It acted as a tutorial. So once again, you have my gratitude.

  12. Sarah March 4, 2012 at 4:42 am ·

    I am having issues importing presets also. After dowloading this (and other) presets, i try to open the zip file and extract the files but it tells me that the “file is invalid” or that the “zipped folder is empty”.

  13. Mikel March 7, 2012 at 9:16 am ·

    First, thank you for these two presets. My favorites by far. I’ve been looking to get this look in LR instead of having to export to PS. What I can’t figure out is how to raise the black point of the tonal curve as in these results. How do you “release” it to give the low contrast haze in the shadows. This one feature is why I have to use PS.

  14. Stephan April 25, 2012 at 11:40 am ·

    i have found it very usefull but the only problem is that i dont understand how to change that brown color effect to another color.

  15. Heline Bekker May 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm ·

    The preset in the zip folder is not valid. Such a shame, was looking forward to see what it looks like :(

  16. DANIEL T May 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm ·

    Hi. thanks for the preset but i can´t install the preset in Lr 4.
    can u help me ?

  17. Tawny May 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm ·

    I am not sure how you import these into Lightroom.
    Do they only work for a Mac?
    I have a PC.


  18. Rebekah June 20, 2012 at 1:27 am ·

    I love these presets, especially as they are displayed above – but when I use the S Curve Color one, I’m getting a much different result – it looks strange on the photos I’m using that have similar colors and exposure as the SOOC above. I am using Lightroom 4 – is there maybe an updated version of this one?

  19. Tomaz June 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm ·

    Pierre thank you very much for these presets. I just used the B/W version on one of my photos and I just can’t stop looking at it. It looks magical.. The film looks are the best ones, thank you again :)

  20. Kassidy July 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm ·

    Getting a very different effect on the photos I try this on. It seems to lack the “pop” the second photo on this page shows. Anyone know how to fix it?

  21. Christy July 24, 2012 at 1:54 am ·

    OMG i LOVE this website thank you so much Pierre! You really helped me figure out white balance in lightroom and these are lovely presets!!

  22. Pierre July 24, 2012 at 6:15 am ·

    Thank you Christy!

  23. Craig @ Canvas Prints From Photos July 24, 2012 at 11:19 am ·

    Just checked out these presets and they work a treat! Thanks again.

  24. Jimmy August 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm ·

    Hey, I have Lightroom 3, and the downloads work just fine – they’re in my documents and everything – but when I go to import them on Lightroom, the files don’t appear at all. Am I doing something wrong?

    Thanks again!

  25. Marijn August 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm ·

    Woah, this is great! The website is actually a heaven to me.
    The preset is amazing! I’ve been looking for this for a long time. X

  26. elizabeth August 14, 2012 at 2:47 am ·

    I use these presets (S CURVE) for everything, anymore form this creator?

  27. Mikhaela September 6, 2012 at 11:10 am ·

    Do these presets work for lightroom 4?

  28. Mikhaela September 6, 2012 at 11:21 am ·

    Also, do they work on RAW or jpeg files?

  29. Selina September 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm ·

    OMG! THANK YOUU!!! Thats what i’m searching foor!! <333333333

  30. karissa September 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm ·

    I’m having trouble layering presets. I thought this preset would be like a filter applied to a picture I’ve already made changes to, but it seems as though it overrides all original changes. Am I doing something wrong?

  31. Marta October 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm ·

    Super buenos preset, me encantan!

  32. Jenn November 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm ·

    I use the S-Color Curve preset ALL of the time. Most of my other presets started with this particular one, and I just love it. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  33. Maria January 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm ·

    This is my favorite preset! Thank you for sharing your work!

  34. REY February 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm ·

    THANK U for the preset…!!! yahooo!!!

  35. lee May 4, 2013 at 6:34 am ·

    very thank you <3

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  38. Pierre September 3, 2013 at 8:34 am ·

    Hi Gihan,
    You can find a tutorial on how to install here
    Thanks, Pierre

  39. Olga September 11, 2013 at 11:59 am ·

    Hi Pierre!! Thank you so much for this preset! It’s wonderfull and fantastic! So deep and soft colors! I searched something like that a few years, but now when You made it possible and I find it – I can’t to download it now(( may be link are crashed? Please help..may be another link? *crying*

  40. Meghan October 6, 2013 at 2:42 am ·

    Hello! I have a lot of your presets of this site, loaded into my Lightroom 3. I have just updated my lightroom 3 to lightroom 5. Will these presets still work properly?

  41. Pierre October 7, 2013 at 7:56 am ·

    Hi Meghan,
    You shouldn’t have any problems using the old presets unless you apply one and then press the “exclamation mark” and upgrade it to the latest process version (LR5 with all its new adjustment sliders). In some occasions that might result an a little different look (most of the time you will loose some contrast and brightness, from my own experience).
    Thanks, Pierre

  42. Jorge Villalba May 16, 2014 at 11:27 am ·

    Thank you so much. I was looking for a nice preset like this.

  43. Julia May 30, 2014 at 5:15 am ·

    I am very impressed with this preset. It looks so great

  44. pedro August 23, 2014 at 5:37 am ·


  45. Pierre August 27, 2014 at 9:19 am ·

    English please!

  46. YUUNA September 23, 2014 at 5:18 am ·

    I like the Faded film look!!

    Pls Create More~~:)

  47. Axelle April 9, 2019 at 1:43 am ·

    Hi there

    Not sure if you’re still replying to these messages, but thought I should try… I’m not able to import the faded film look – which is absolutely gorgeous. Any idea why?


  48. Pierre May 14, 2019 at 11:22 pm ·

    Hi Axelle,
    Not sure what might be the cause. Did you extract (.zip-archive) the files before you did the import?

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